Category Archives: Mexican film

Macario – A (Transnational) Day of the Dead Film

I am currently working on a chapter on adaptation and am pulling out films that have literary origins to watch to flesh out my discussion. Given that it is the Dia de los santos difuntos [All Saints Day], which still … Continue reading

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Arturo Ripstein and La perdición de hombres

I recently sent off a chapter to the editors of a collection on the Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein. I want to share some brief thoughts on this prolific director and some images from the film I discuss in my chapter, … Continue reading

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Violence in Heli

Find my recent post  “VIOLENCE AS NARRATIVE FUNCTION OR, SOME THOUGHTS ON WHY HELI DIVIDES CRITICS” in Mediático: http://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/mediatico/2014/06/30/violence-as-narrative-function-or-some-thoughts-on-why-heli-divides-critics/  

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Oscar/Emilio

For those unfamiliar with this story you may be interested to know that the Oscar statuette was modelled on the Mexican filmmaker and actor Emilio Fernández. Click here: http://www.studio360.org/story/oscars-real-name-is-emilio/ for the full story. Emilio Fernandez in the 1934 movie Janitzio (Luis Marquez Romay)

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María Félix – Centenary

Over the last 24 hours multiple writers and newspapers have marked the centenary of María Félix’s birth on the 8th of April 1914. In curious symmetry she also died on the 8th of April in 2002 at the age of … Continue reading

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Screen Violence: A Reflection

I recently blogged about how war photographs are used as a way of efficient storytelling in a Portuguese film (http://www.niamhthornton.net/death-on-film-how-far-can-you-go/). In response to that I had some interesting discussions on Twitter and a decision with Fiona Noble to write blog … Continue reading

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Access, distribution and research: Marcela Fernández Violante

As part of a project on Latin American women filmmakers (mostly directors and producers) I will be writing about Marcela Fernández Violante. She has been at the centre of Mexican filmmaking since the 1960s. She was one of the generation … Continue reading

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Imagining the Mexican Revolution

I’m delighted to have a chapter in this book that arrived this morning: It has already received glowing praise, as can be seen from the back cover:  The table of contents shows the coverage, depth and diversity of essays: For … Continue reading

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Revolución online, on demand and on DVD

Here’s a link to a short description of Revolución [Revolution] (2010) made by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal’s company Cananea: Curt Hopkins (2010) “The (Mexican) Revolution Will be Televised – But on YouTube, and 100 Years After it Began” Readwrite, November … Continue reading

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Passive, Silent and Metaphorical Woman: Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo, 2011)

I came to Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala (2011) with some trepidation.  There was much discussion about it at LASA 2012 in San Francisco, as a disappointing film for several reasons.  There was also a sense that many were jaded that the “single … Continue reading

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